Analisa & John
How did you meet? We met on the oh-so-classy, OKCupid.com. John responded to my request to just chat with someone who could spell “you” correctly and who would not expect me to be the most interesting person in the world. Hey, I was moving away to Japan in about two months, so we didn’t think anything would really come out of our little fling. Four months later, John was flying across the globe to come visit me, and one year later, we would officially be “together” as I moved back to San Antonio.
Tell us about the proposal. John wanted to throw an Easter themed party on the Saturday before Easter at our apartment. Little did I know it was all a ruse for an engagement party! We invited about 10 of our closest friends to our apartment to have an Easter egg hunt, dye eggs and drink Easter themed cocktails. All was going swimmingly and as I got up to refill said cocktail I was surprised to see that John had grabbed his guitar and had begun to sing a song. The song told a brief history of our adventure of falling in love and ended with him on one knee. I cried big ugly tears and said, “Yes!”
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Spring is my favorite season and I knew I wanted yellow in our color scheme and John wanted blue. The venue’s general vibes led to the overall rustic theme.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We chose our venue first, and it was the first and only venue that we visited. As soon as we saw Magnolia Halle online, that it was related to Magnolia Pancake Haus, and that we could have pancakes for our wedding dinner, we were sold. Not to mention, the venue manager, Trisha, was so awesome when we met with her! Our other vendors came in batches. We went to a couple of wedding shows and met with a number of different vendors, but the only ones we actually booked after a show were our coordinators, Lasting Impressions by Design. Joanne and Katie were so easy to talk to and professional, so I felt comfortable signing on with them!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We had one of our closest friends officiate the wedding and we felt that he brought so much more character than a typical officiant would have. We also incorporated a Wine Box Ceremony into the ceremony. John and I wrote letters to ourselves that are to be opened on our fifth year anniversary and locked it in a custom-made box with a bottle of wine. We forwent a typical guestbook and asked our guests to write their well wishes on fabric squares that John’s mom is sewing into a large quilt for us. Oh, and we had PANCAKES at our wedding dinner.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? I can’t tell you enough how much our coordinators exceeded my expectations. In the weeks leading up to our wedding, the stress was piling up as it does for most brides, and I’m exceptionally prone to expecting the worst. Lasting Impressions by Design kept my family, bridesmaids, vendors and husband on time and where they needed to be. There is nothing better than actually being able to enjoy a day you anticipated for over a year without having to worry about whether or not all of the vendors are paid or the decorations are put away. I had the best time at my wedding because of our fabulous coordinators.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Do your research and go to some wedding shows, but try not to get overwhelmed. There are so many vendors out there and most of them are fantastic. Pick vendors that fit in your budget, provide the services you are looking for and that you feel are genuinely good people, and everything should flow smoothly on your big day. Make a budget and stick to it. We are lucky enough to have been able to pay off our wedding within one year because we bought re-purposed wedding decorations that we were able to resell, we chose vendors that we knew we would be able to afford, and are holding off on our honeymoon for an “anniversary moon” instead. You may not need to do all of that but it feels so satisfying to look back on your wedding and know that you were able to afford yourself such a lasting memory without years of debt.
Analisa and John’s wedding planner, Joanna Doll, said the couple was a pleasure to work with. “When we asked them for information, they were quick to answer and kept the communication open,” she said. “We knew exactly what they wanted and needed, sometimes before they did, due to the constant communication. They are such a wonderful couple together and really fit so well together. The honor was all ours when it came to making sure the day was exactly what they envisioned. We loved getting to know them and look forward to the many years of updates as time goes on!”
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